Monthly Archives: November 2010

Pacifica spikes KPFA’s fund raising, paving the way for more layoffs

Earlier this month, Pacifica management fired three quarters of the staff of the KPFA Morning Show–the station’s biggest fund raising program–and took the show off the air, bizarrely claiming financial necessity. Pacifica subsequently canceled KPFA’s November fund drive and hired … Continue reading

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Pacifica spends listeners’ dollars on corporate management law firm

Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt told Berkeley’s Labor Commission last Wednesday that she had retained the San Francisco-based law firm Folger Levin to represent Pacifica in disputes with CWA Local 9415, the union representing KPFA’s paid workers. On Thursday, Pacifica … Continue reading

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Public reading of listeners’ messages of outrage

KPFA listeners, along with unpaid and union staff, read some of the thousands of heartfelt emails that have poured in protesting the decimation of the KPFA Morning Show and the “voluntary” departure of seven workers of color. The readings by … Continue reading

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Sign the petition to bring back the Morning Show!

Listeners have started a petition to bring back the KPFA Morning Show, to be delivered to Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt. Engelhardt took the program off the air last week–which is KPFA’s most popular show and biggest fund raiser–and laid … Continue reading

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CWA 9415 response to Pacifica

KPFA’s staff union has issued a response to a statement by Carol Spooner published prominently at pacifica.org on Nov 12. The “board charge” refers to is the union’s unfair labor practice charge filed at the National Labor Relations Board. CWA’s … Continue reading

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Exodus of staff of color from KPFA; Station cancels upcoming fund drive

the majority of the workers that Engelhardt laid off from the Morning Show are women and people of color, in a move that has led thousands of listeners to register their outrage with Pacifica. And all of the seven KPFA paid staff members who elected to take a voluntary severance are people of color, including Lewis Sawyer, Weyland Southon, Esther Manilla, Vini Beachem, Renee Geesler, and Amelia Gonzalez. Gonzalez quit last week as KPFA’s acting assistant general manager. KPFA’s interim General Manager announced that next week’s fund drive will be called off in the wake of massive response from listeners angry about the lay off of KPFA’s Morning Show staff. o for purported budgetary reason, Pacifica laid off its most successful program — and then just canceled the station’s fund drive. Now that’s sound financial planning. Continue reading

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Pacifica attempts to defend layoffs, contract violations

Sonali Kolhatkar, host of the program Uprising, spoke with the Executive Director of Pacifica about her decision to lay off the staff of KPFA’s Morning Show. Against the wishes of its host, Uprising is being piped into KPFA from Los … Continue reading

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KPFK host declares solidarity with Morning Show staff

No Morning Show today on KPFA – instead piped in programming from Pacifica station KPFK in Los Angeles. One of those programs, Uprising! hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar included a segment with Morning Show host Brian Edwards-Tiekert. Kolhatkar is among hundreds … Continue reading

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Listeners speak out against KPFA Morning Show layoffs

On Tuesday, the KPFA Morning Show broadcast an unexpected forum on Pacifica Radio’s move to fire the show’s staff and pipe in programming from Los Angeles. Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt and Chief Financial Officer LaVarn Williams were invited on, … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Pacifica management lays off entire staff of Morning Show

PROTEST CALLED: Tuesday, November 9th at 11am in front of KPFA Radio, 1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way in Berkeley (cross street University Avenue). The Executive Director of Pacifica Radio today dismissed the entire staff of the KPFA Morning Show–Aimee … Continue reading

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